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Landmark Paper Finds Light at End of the Tunnel for World’s Wildlife and Wild Places

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A new WCS paper published in the journal BioScience finds that the enormous trends toward population stabilization, poverty alleviation, and urbanization are rewriting the future of biodiversity conservation in the 21st century, offering new hope for the world’s wildlife and wild places.

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A SLAC Legend Gives the Lab His Lifetime Collection of Precious Foils

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Scientists who conduct experiments at the Stanford Radiation Synchrotron Lightsource (SSRL) have received an unusual and highly valuable gift—a library of element calibration foils for a technique used to understand the structure of matter called X-ray absorption spectroscopy.

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Applying Network Analysis to Natural History

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By using network analysis to search for communities of marine life in the fossil records of the Paleobiology Database, the team, including researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, was able to quantify the ecological impacts of major events like mass extinctions and may help us anticipate the consequences of a “sixth mass extinction.”

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Unraveling Genetic Mystery Next Step in Zika and Dengue Fight

How a bacteria hijacked insect fertility remained a mystery for five decades, until Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Seth Bordenstein and his team helped solve it.

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Scientists Use Rocket Scanner to Learn How Whales Hear

Researchers have used a scanner designed for rockets to collect the first-ever computed tomography (CT) scan of an entire minke whale. By combining the CT scan results with custom-developed computer simulation tools, the researchers model how the whales hear sounds produced by other whales or by human-created (anthropogenic) sources such as ship propellers.

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Machine Speak: Left to Their Own Devices, Computers Can Figure It Out

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Using novel machine learning techniques, a research team from Oak Ridge National Laboratory is teaching electronic devices how to speak for themselves.

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New High-Resolution Exascale Earth Modeling System for Energy

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A new earth modeling system unveiled today will have weather-scale resolution and use advanced computers to simulate aspects of Earth’s variability and anticipate decadal changes that will critically impact the U.S. energy sector in coming years.

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Champions in Science: Profile of Andrew Mills, National Science Bowl® Champion

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Each year, the DOE Office of Science writes profiles on past National Science Bowl® competitors. These features include memories of their high school adventures and information on their education and career accomplishments.

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Neutrons Provide Insights into Increased Performance for Hybrid Perovskite Solar Cells

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Neutron scattering at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has revealed, in real time, the fundamental mechanisms behind the conversion of sunlight into energy in hybrid perovskite materials. A better understanding of this behavior will enable manufacturers to design solar cells with significantly increased efficiency.

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Liquid Cell Transmission Electron Microscopy Makes a Window Into the Nanoscale

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From energy materials to disease diagnostics, new microscopy techniques can provide more nuanced insight. Researchers first need to understand the effects of radiation on samples, which is possible with a new device that holds tightly sealed liquid cell samples for transmission electron microscopy.







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